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(Sacramento) – Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D-Compton) today was joined by Speaker Karen Bass (D – Los Angeles); Speaker-elect John A. Pérez (D- Los Angeles); members of the legislative Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Latino, LGBT and Women’s caucuses; prominent civil rights organizations and representatives from the University of California at the State Capitol in publicly condemning a racially offensive student event hosted by students of UC San Diego and demanding full accountability for their actions.


The event called the, ‘Compton Cookout’ was organized by members of various Greek fraternal organizations including Pi Kappa Alpha and encouraged participants to mock Black History Month by promoting negative and offensive racial and gender stereotypes.

“These acts of racism and sexism will not be tolerated in California or anywhere in the United States,” said Assemblymember Hall. “I stand united with fellow legislative leaders in publicly condemning those responsible for this act of hate and demanding full accountability for their actions.”

Continued Hall, “Today, I call upon UC San Diego Chancellor Mary Anne Fox, UC President Mark Yudof and the UC Board of Regents to launch an immediate and thorough investigation of the ‘Compton Cookout’ event to determine the names of those responsible for planning and participating in this act of racism and sexism, what university affiliated organizations participated in the event and what if any public funds or resources were used to plan or carry out the event. At the conclusion of the investigation, university officials should act swiftly to sanction all responsible parties including the revocation of fraternity or sorority charters, the full repayment of any public funds used to support these organizations and the individual suspension or expulsion of any student found responsible for planning or participating in this act of hate.”

“I don’t want these organizations to merely apologize for their actions. I want names and I want these individuals and organizations to understand that this type of racist and sexist behavior will not be tolerated in California. State taxpayers will not stand for their money to be spent supporting any organization that fosters racism, hate and intolerance. The legislature will closely monitor the university’s investigation and, if necessary, will act within its budgetary and oversight capacity to ensure that public funds do not finance racism or sexism in our state,” concluded Hall.

The full text of the ‘Compton Cookout’ invitation is attached for reference.

Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III Condemns Racist and Sexist “Compton Cookout” Event

(Sacramento) - Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D-Compton) stood  at the Capitol steps,with his fellow legislators  including Speaker Karen Bass and Speaker-elect John Pérez to publicly condemn a racially offensive student event hosted this past weekend by students of the University of California, San Diego. The event called the, ‘Compton Cookout’ was organized by members of various Greek fraternal organizations and encouraged participants to mock Black History Month by promoting negative and offensive racial and gender stereotypes. Assemblymember Hall says university officials should investigate the organizers of the event and determine what sanctions, including suspension, should be taken against the fraternity or fraternities responsible for the event. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Bass Condemns Racist and Sexist “Compton Cookout” Event

(Sacramento) – Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) joined Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D-Compton) and other legislators on the steps of the State Capitol to publicly condemn a racially offensive student event hosted recently by students of the University of California, San Diego. The event called the, ‘Compton Cookout’ was organized by members of various Greek fraternal organizations and encouraged participants to mock Black History Month by promoting negative and offensive racial and gender stereotypes. Speaker Bass says university officials should investigate the organizers of the event and determine what sanctions, including suspension, should be taken against the fraternity or fraternities responsible for the event. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

 

 

Speaker-elect John A. Pérez, Condemns Racist and Sexist “Compton Cookout” Event

(Sacramento) - Speaker-elect John A. Pérez  (D- Los Angeles) stood at the Capitol steps,with his fellow legislators including Speaker Karen Bass to join Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Compton) in publicly condemning  a racially offensive student event hosted this past weekend by students of the University of California, San Diego. The event called the, ‘Compton Cookout’ was organized by members of various Greek fraternal organizations and encouraged participants to mock Black History Month by promoting negative and offensive racial and gender stereotypes.  Speaker-elect Pérez said that this event was "calculated to be offensive" and added that it creates an atmosphere of hostility and exclusion which compromises the core mission of an educational institution.  Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

 

 

Audio:

Assemblymember Hall says those responsible for the event must be held accountable. (:32) mp3

Assemblymember Hall says the event invitation was full of racial and sexist references. (:15) mp3

Assemblymember Hall says acts of racism and sexism must not be tolerated. (:20) mp3

Assemblymember Hall’s complete opening remarks at today’s news conference. (6:27) mp3

Speaker Bass’ remarks at the news conference. (1:19) mp3

Speaker-elect Pérez’s remarks at the news conference. (2:12) mp3

Assemblymember Sandré Swanson’s (D-Oakland) remarks at the news conference. (1:18) mp3

Assemblymember Warren Furutani’s (D-South Los Angeles County) remarks at the news conference. (1:59) mp3

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) remarks at the news conference. (1:18) mp3

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s (D-San Francisco) remarks at the news conference. (:56) mp3

Assemblymember Tony Mendoza’s (D-Norwalk) remarks at the news conference. (:42) mp3

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal’s (D-Long Beach) remarks at the news conference. (:47) mp3

Assemblymember Noreen Evans’ (D-Santa Rosa) remarks at the news conference. (1:15) mp3

Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) remarks at the news conference. (:50) mp3